Assault Helplines, Support & Further Reading

This post is a part of our guide series to support anyone who may have been assaulted in the past or has questions around the topic:

What is Assault? Definitions & Meanings
Who Commits Assault & Why?
What counts as Assault?
How to Report Assault (and Who to Report it to)
How is Assault Proven in Court?
Punishment & Sentencing for Assault
How to Heal and Recover from Assault
What Impact Does Assault Have on Victims, Families & Friends?
What Effects Does Assault Have on Wider Society?
How can Assault be Prevented?
Assault Data & Statistics
Assault Helplines, Support & Further Reading

If you or someone you know has experienced assault, help is available. There are many organisations that can offer support and talk through your options.

Please note that even though the organisations specifically state they offer help and support in ‘domestic violence’ situations normally an act of domestic violence would be charged as one of three assault charges; Common assault, Actual bodily harm (ABH) and Grievous Bodily harm (GBH). As difficult as it may be, try to keep as much evidence as you can of the assault. Please see below details of organisations which you may contact

Remember if you feel unsafe call 999 and ask for the police

If you cannot use a voice phone you can text REGISTER to 999 and you will receive a text message which tells you what to do next


The service is for people who have experienced abuse in domestic violence situations, this will of course include assault offences. You can speak to a member of the Helpline at any time and they can also help you to access refuge accommodation if this is needed.

Can be called for free 24 hours a day on 0808 200 024

Women’s Aid

This organisation provides help and support to women who have been assaulted in domestic abuse situations. You can access the Women’s Aid live chat service 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm.


Sometimes victims of assault may experience mental health issues. This organisation provides help and advice to victims experiencing mental health problems

Can be called on 0300 123 3393 or emailed at

The National Stalking Helpline

Established in 1986 following the disappearance of 25 year old Suzy Lamplugh. The helpline offers practical advice to victims who have experienced violence and assault to increase their safety, allowing them to make informed choices.

Can be called on 0808 802 0300 (run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust)

Chris, Freepost
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA

Provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. This will of course include victims who have experienced assault. The telephone helpline is operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 Can be contacted on 116 123

Victim Support

If you have been assaulted and need support, Victim Support provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.

Can be called on 0808 168 9111


Provide an advice line for male victims of assault in domestic violence situations.

Can be contacted on 0808 8010327

We understand how difficult it is to experience abuse, whether it is yourself or someone you know, sometimes trying to find help is not easy. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and the first step that you should take is to talk to someone. No one should have to deal with abuse alone.

Here at the Criminal Injuries Helpline, we help victims of violent crime and abuse recover compensation. You may want to help the victim gain some justice, get in touch with us today to see if the victim would qualify.

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